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2 October

OV in charming short film

OV Joe Street

Fantastic to hear from OV Joe Street (Br 95-06) this week that a short film Joe acted in has been selected for a Bafta and Academy Award qualifying festival.

The short 90-second film is called Double Word Score and is about two neighbours, Jamie (played by Mbili Munthali) and Ashley (played by Joe), who during lockdown play a socially-distanced and flirtatious game of Scrabble via text message.

This charming film was created in May at the height of lockdown and shot remotely in Hemel Hempstead and Leicester and has been selected as part of the official selection of DepicT!, a ninety-second film competition included in the Encounters Film Festival programme.

The group, led by director Keith Allott, completed the film over a three-week period, meeting regularly and developing the production via Zoom. Both actors self-filmed all their scenes while accompanied virtually via Zoom by the director.

Joe says, “At a time when it felt like the whole industry had shut down it was really just great to be shooting something again. It was the first time I’d been on a set without crew in the room and it’s incredible that we’ve managed put this all together while stuck in our own homes. It’s a happy uplifting story and I’m hoping it puts a smile on the faces of those who watch it”

Once completed the film was entered into DepicT! Watershed Cinema’s super-short filmmaking competition with over 1,360 entries from over 80 countries competing for the final 60 screening spaces. Double Word Score is currently available to watch online here as part of the final selection and is being considered for one of the festival’s five awards including the Audience Choice which is decided by a public vote.